Meryl Streep, at a premiere of 'Into The Woods' earlier this year. Photo: Getty Images
And here's reason #5342787984 why Meryl Streep is your favourite actress/Hollywood hero: she's now funding a screenwriting lab for women over 40, it was announced during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday.
Called 'The Writers Lab', the program was created "in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film", especially for those over the age of 40, its official website explains. Considering the dearth of opportunities for older women in Hollywood - something Streep's familiar with; remember her story about being offered three "witch" roles in a year, as soon as she turned 40? - it's clearly a necessary cause.
It will be run by IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers, and New York Women in Film and Television, of which Streep is a longtime supporter. Screenwriting mentors on the course include Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood, Personal Velocity), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You), Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), and Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond The Lights), amongst others.
The initiative, which is only open to US citizens, will select eight winning writers on August 1, around the same time that Meryl Streep should obviously be knighted. What a legend.